Sunday, November 13, 2011


It’s November, and I’m thankful! For my family, and the ability to do what I love – write – a little bit every day. For my author friends, my agent, and my editor who keep me encouraged. For a life filled with trust, respect, and hope.

For the fact that my first book, Article 5, is coming out in precisely three months.


New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned. 
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes. 

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.

In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs—like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes—and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

So today I’m spreading the love! I’m giving away an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of Article 5! The contest closes one week from today, 11/20/11, and winners will be announced here, on Monday, 11/21/11. For more information about the book, come visit me on my website:

How do you enter for a chance to win? Just fill out the form below, and press “submit.” Easy!

Thanks everyone, and good luck!


Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm so excited for your release. I'm not entering the contest because I have an ARC for your interview at Literary Rambles. My daughter already read it and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading it too and for your debut.

Kristen Simmons said...

Thanks Natalie! Oh, I'm so glad your daughter liked it! Hooray! I can't wait to hear what you think!
Looking forward to our interview!

Kristin Lenz said...

Yay! I was lucky to get an ARC from the publisher. Article 5 is amazing - you definitely want this book everyone! Natalie - So glad you're interviewing Kristen at Literary Rambles!

Colette Ballard said...

I'm sooo excited for you, Kristen!! Your cover is amazing. My daughter is reading one of your arcs now and totally hooked--i'm next!

Kathryn said...

I'm so excited about this book! Great contest!

Kristen Simmons said...

Thanks ladies! And good luck Kathryn! Thanks for commenting!

bethany griffin said...

Oh, Yay, looks awesome!

Angela Ackerman said...

I have always been in love with dystopia. Congrats on your release--so exciting! Fingers crossed for me! :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Kristen Simmons said...

Thanks for playing Angela! Glad to meet another fan of dystopia!

Cynthia said...

Can't wait for the release. Sounds like a great book. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Kristen Simmons said...

Thanks Cynthia! Good luck!